rilliant luminous colours. Dahlias have it all as well as a long cut flower vase life.
Hibiscus Spanish Dancer
This Hibiscus evokes the excitement of a flamenco performance. Its brightly coloured frilled petals reminiscent of a flailing flamenco gown in full flight.
Hibiscus Camillo Beauty
This Hibiscus variety was selected from plant material which originated in Hawaii. It is a modern form of the Hibiscus flower in that its flower will last for 2-3 days. Petals are quite leathery giving the flower an almost artificial, surreal look. Captured on film this flower will last forever.
Hibiscus Saturn's Gold
The brightly coloured fringes of Hibiscus Saturn's Gold conjures up images of the 20 odd moons and satelites orbiting the periphery of Saturn.
Dicksonia antarctica (foreground) - Eucalyptus regnans (background)
Captured during a trip across the Erinundra Plateau in Victoria Australia. This is a rare area of temperate rain forest which has unfortunately been subjected to intense logging last century. Thankfully pristine areas remain to evoke one's spirit. The tall slender trees are Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans). This species is amongst the tallest trees known with one scecimen reaching a height of 126 meters. Lightening strike subsequently reduced its height to 80 meters.
As so often with photography patience is rewarded. This amazing shot is a beauty. Perhaps within the last days of life, the sun's warming rays prepare the butterfly for take off on this cold morning in a suburban Melbourne back yard.
This elegant stand was photographed in Spring at Five Mile Beach at Wilson's Promantory National Park in Victoria Australia (WPNP). The dark water colour is naturally occurring due to tannins leached from the vegetation. WPNP is the most southerly point on mainland Australia and bares testimony to the foresight of naturalists in 1921 who set the wheels in motion to preserve this place. It has iconic status to hoards of Australians who consider it ‘sacred ground' having visited and returned renewed by nature's pristine grandure.
Red Hippeastrum Close Up
This close up of the pollen laden stamens shows that self fertilisation could occur at any moment. An incredibly seductive flower evoking erotic thought. Send it to your lover?
These short stemmed Haemanthus flowers contrast beautifully against the black background giving the stamens and petals an almost luminous aura.
Ceanothus Blue Pacific
Ceanothus is native to California and has established well as a garden specimen in Southern Australia. Its flowers are quite startling in their colour intensity. This photo was taken using the sunny 16 rule (F stop 16, using the shutter speed which is closest to the film ASA. Full colour saturation is possible using this technique when the subject is in full sunshine.
Sweet Onion Series
Sweet onions are coming! They have low levels of pyruvic acid. Pyruvic acid is responsible for bringing a tear to your eye when you cut a conventional onion, and is produced as a reaction to oxygen. Sweet onions such as these are much easier on your eyes so we set about making some photos which were similarly easy on the eyes. The sweet onion and fruit photo has a carefree summer feel whilst the sweet onion, Protea flower and trumpet photo exudes class which these onions surely have.
Onions are sensual vegetables. I know of a religious group in India who will not eat onions because the flavours are too strong and are likely to bring on lust. Well, we set out to make these onions look as lusty as humanly possible. Voluptuous is the word…..what a vegetable.
This photo sets a primitive scene at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. The Yucca flower will grow to almost one meter long and make a dramatic statement in the landscape ensuring its genes are perpetuated by being irresistible to passing pollinators.
Photographed at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, this sweetly scented Gardenia has interestingly curled petals and an elongated corolla tube.
Acacias are a valuable tree species. Its timber is highly valued by furniture makers because of the diverse patterns contained in its grain. Seed from some Australian Acacias are used in Africa as a food source. The tree will establish quickly in arid conditions and will produce seeds which can be ground up into a nutty nutritious meal product which can be used as a supplementary food source in lean times. They will also quickly produce a source of firewood, and are valuable foundation species when used in land revegetation. Because of their many economic uses the $A100 notes seems an appropriate background.
Native to South Eastern Australia, this Banksia prefers a sandy soil with low soil Phosphorous. Banksia ericifolia is a handsome tree whose flowers are attractive to many nectar feeding birds. Flowers mature into woody cones which remain on the tree until a fire opens them to release their winged seeds. This regeneration strategy has been very successful in arid Australia. Being a member of the Proteaceae (Protea Family), its has ‘proteoid' roots which are extremely efficient at extracting Phosphorous from the soil. Sandy soils are usually low in Phosphorous and it is on these soils that Banksias' evolved. As with all the Proteaceae, additions of Phosphorous can kill these plants because their roots are so efficient at extracting this nutrient that they will absorb too much.
Native to a very small area in Western Australia, this tree is grown throughout Southern Australia and is much loved for its masses of pincushion like flowers which attract nectar feeding birds. This photo shows the various stages of the flower opening. Flowering in Autumn, Hakea laurina provides a colourful display as winter approaches.
Water droplets have been beautifully caught on the twinning foliage of this Kiwi Fruit. Originating in China, this plant is widely grown in New Zealand and Southern Australia. Thriving in cooler conditions, the Kiwi Fruit will produce abundant oval - squarish shaped fruit with a hairy skin. All of the fruit is edible but only the purists eat the hairy skin.
This spectacular plant is native to Western Australia and is not widely in cultivation in Australian gardens. This specimen has been grafted onto a versatile rootstock which now makes it suitable for cultivation in a wide range of growing regions. There are many more similar gems lurking in the Western Australian undergrowth.
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